NATIONAL DRIVER REGISTER: HEADED FOR REVIVAL?

The National Driver Register (NDR) is discussed, a voluntary system established in 1960 by which states submit information on suspended and revoked driver's licenses to a central data bank at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In view of a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report that the NDR has been ineffective in controlling problem drivers and stopping license duplications, NHTSA has drafted legislation for streamlining and reviving the register. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) have asked for access to the NDR to check driver background (as required by law) and to establish a Commercial Driver Register within the NDR. NHTSA has rejected employer access to driver records because of the privacy issue but would provide this access if drivers sign a release. Interstate carriers also want assurance that a prospective driver's record reflects past activity throughout the country. The ATA opposes driver-furnished records which could be altered by problem drivers. A survey of various elements of the trucking industry generally found little or no opposition to the Commercial Driver Register, although there were a few dissenting opinions about "big brotherism." A separate note comments on the NTSB's recommended change to a Bureau of Motor Carrier Safety rule to permit use of the bad private driving record of a truck driver in his disqualification as an interstate driver. In another note, comments by loss prevention executives of insurance companies show support for strengthening the NDR in terms of interstate driver records but little optimism that there will be a significant upgrading of the NDR.

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    HIC Corporation

    Box W
    Newport Beach, CA  United States  92663
  • Authors:
    • PATTERSON, B
    • Stacy, J
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

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  • Accession Number: 00390533
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-029 989
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1984 12:00AM